#RaiseTheWage? Facts about women and the minimum wage [Video]

When it comes to the minimum wage, far too many working women in this country deserve a raise. Women account for less than half of the U.S. working population, yet nearly 6 in 10 workers earning the minimum wage are

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Raising Washington’s minimum wage: A tool to combat growing income inequality

It’s simple math: More money for workers means a stronger economy – period. What happens when we support the lowest-paid workers and families among us? Let us count the ways. With increased pay, families are more able to put food on

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Ladders to opportunity: Sandra

“I grew up with farmers and mechanics, and those types of jobs were the middle class. And it just doesn’t seem that way anymore.”  Sandra grew up in a time when many hard working families were able to join the middle

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The “Race to the Top” mentality is creating an economy – and society – where only the winners matter

One of the things I do in the fall is volunteer as a coach for cross country runners at Ballard High School. I usually end up coaching the kids at the end of the pack. That’s how it should be.

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Respect all work – and grow the economy, too: raise the minimum wage

Thirty plus years of trickledown economics hasn’t worked. We need to return to policies that grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.

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Response to the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Annual Report: The Straight Facts on Social Security

Executive Summary Every year, the Social Security Trustees are required by law to project the program’s finances 75 years into the future. Recently, the Trustees released their 2014 report – and their intermediate projection confirms Social Security can easily continue

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Trending: Tackling Affordability Barriers in the Affordable Care Act

From FamiliesUSA The Affordable Care Act did a lot to help uninsured consumers get health coverage, but it did not entirely resolve the very real problems with insurance affordability for low- and moderate-income consumers. These consumers often struggle to meet other

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What recession? Washington’s Top 1% saw 13.1% income growth from 2009-2011

When we talk about “getting us out of the recession”, who are we really talking about? A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute reveals that the top 1% has captured the lion’s share of economic growth since 1979, even

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Five possible reasons your paycheck is smaller than it ought to be

Reason #5: Fewer good choices for jobs. U.S. trade and economic policies are creating more low-wage and high-wage jobs, while hollowing out the job market for middle-class jobs. (Washington Post) Reason #4: You are a woman working in Seattle. Overall, women are paid 77 cents

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The rich got richer by leaving the middle class in the dust – but it doesn’t have to be this way

As the U.S. climbs out of the Great Recession, Wall Street and big banks are enjoying record-high profits, at the expense of middle and low-income families still struggling to gain an economic foothold since the economy’s collapse. This economic “recovery”

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